Sunday, December 29, 2013
Nightingale by David Farland
My Review for Book Nerds Across America
Date Read: January 10, 2012
Bron Jones was abandoned by his mother as an infant and has been in foster care ever since. He was bounced from home to home and has had a very rough upbringing. At the age of 16 he is fortunate enough to get placed with Olivia and Mike Hernandez. She is a teacher at a school for the performing arts and recognizes Bron for what he truly is. Bron thinks that his life may finally take a turn for the better. He is popular at school, is living with a nice family, has a potential girlfriend...but of course this may all be too good to be true. There is a secret that Olivia is keeping and with it comes a tremendous amount of danger.
Mr. Farland has developed a set of characters known as Masaaks, which look human but have very special powers. They are nothing like other paranormal characters we have all read about. I found their history and abilities to be very fascinating. When you add in the fact that there are good and evil Massaks that have been battling for thousands of years you begin to wonder, how can humans not know they exist? There is a very good explanation for this which you will want to read about. There was plenty of action to keep the pages turning with just enough relationship and character development to really allow the reader to connect with these characters.
It appears that there are currently three additional books planned for the series and I honestly can't wait to get my hands on them. The end of the book was a bit of a cliff hanger, which is often the case with a series, so I was not surprised. I just wonder how long we will have to wait to find out what happens next for Bron, Olivia, and the rest of the Masaaks. I have not been able to find a potential release date for the second installment in this series, but I will be sure to let you know when I do.